What is Reflexology? Reflexology can be traced back as far an s2500BC and has its roots in the ancient civilisations of Egypt, China, Primitive Africa and the Native Indian Tribes of America.
Reflexology works on the principle that all of the body's organs and structures are mirror imaged on the feet and hands (hand are slightly less affective).
By using holds and pressure techniques you are stimulating the flow of energy to the corresponding parts of the body. This allows the acceleration of the healing to take place on these specific body parts. Therefore by treating both feet you are treating the whole body.
Reflexology is not a 'cure all' but it is a very effective way to prevent future problems. It detects and clears most energy blockages found in your body, hence making it a great way to treat most conditions including:
- Skin conditions including psoriasis and acne
- Stress and all stress related conditions
- Back aches and pains including sciatica
- Digestive problems including I.B.S
- Menstrual problems including P.M.S and Menopause
- Infertility (in women) and Impotence (in men)
- Mild depression
And many more
Who can benefit from this treatment?
Most people of all ages.
What happens next?
At your first appointment you will be asked questions about your health and lifestyle.
This is important, and is essential in order to understand how any of these factors could be affecting your health both physically and emotionally. This information is always treated as highly confidential.
Once you have removed your shoes and socks you will be seated semi reclined and kept comfortable and warm, your feet will be wiped over with a solution. Then your feet will be examined before starting with a relaxing foot massage, commencing with a pressure technique over all the specific reflex points of your feet. The treatment will finish with a relaxing massage. The aim is to encourage the body back to its natural state of balance and harmony in all its parts. Which in turn restores vigour and vitality
After the there will be a short discussion on what energy blockages were found and how that relates to you.
Reflexology is widely used to treat most conditions, when treating mums to be. Not only is it a great way to stay healthy and relaxed but it can also help elevate some of those not so pleasant conditions that go hand in hand with a lot of pregnancies, such as:
- Backache and sciatica
- Braxton hicks
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Groin / Ligament pain
- Mood swings
- Nausea and vomiting
- Oedema (swelling of the ankles, wrists or fingers)
- Symphysis pubic pain.
As you know ladies, the list goes on!
It's not only on a physical level that it helps but it can also help with your coping mechanisms too. By keeping your nervous system and endocrine (hormones) in a state of harmony and balance. Which helps your mind and body adjust to coping with your newborns demands. There is also a lot of research showing that reflexology is very good at increasing and maintaining milk supply and also know for helping with postnatal depression.
Ideally being treated before, during and after pregnancy is wonderful. However 6 weekly treatments are recommended before your due date to balance hormones and to prepare you for the birth.
If your baby does not arrive on time PRIMING FOR LABOUR techniques after your due date can be used to encourage labour.
As with all holistic therapies, it is recommended that you wait until the second trimester to start treatments, as this is the most delicate stage of the pregnancy. It is also advisable that you consult your GP if you have any concerns with regards to your health before commencing. There are a few total contraindications that you need to be aware of, they are:
- Placental abruption
- Placenta praevia
- Continuous vomiting
- Toxaemia: Pre-Ecclampsia - Ecclampsia
This will be discussed in length during the consultation and advice will be given accordingly.
Reflexology is considered and proven in many cases to be an extremly indepth and thorough way it treats the whole person and all the systems of the body. So it is no wonder it works so well for many people that have encountered fertility issues. There are many issues surrounding infertility, and for some it''s not always clear what the problem actually is.
Scientific research is being conducted at the moment and there are many articals and cases where women and men feel reflexology has helped their journey to parenthood, not to mention our clients here at CM Therapies who have come along for treatments before during and after pregnacy.
One of the major benefits of reflexology is the balancing of the endocrine system, the set of glands that produce the body''s hormones. Hormones play a key role in fertility and pregnancy and can be affected by stress.
As most of us know the pressure from our careers, morgages and indeed life in general can place an enormouse amont of stress and strain on our well being. There for by relaxing the mind and body and restoring it to a natural state of balance it creates a body that can function to the best of its ability.
There are no guarentees that it will work for every one and each individual case is often muliti layered and can have many contributing factiors which need addressing.
However it has worked for many and continues to.
All consultations are of course completely private and confidential.
All Clients will be required to consult their GP for permission to be treated